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A map showing the Tigray area in northern Ethiopia. / Associated Press.

Eastern Africa’s Bishops Express Solidarity with Ethiopians amid Fighting in Tigray

Bishops in Eastern Africa have expressed their solidarity with the people of God in Ethiopia amid reportedly escalating violence pitting the Federal government against the local authorities of the country’s Northernmost Tigray region.

Map of Ethiopia showing Tigray region. /

Pope Francis “following with concerns” Conflict in Ethiopia, Calls for Ceasefire in Libya

Pope Francis says he is “following with concerns” the ongoing conflict in Ethiopia pitting the federal government against the local authorities of the country’s northernmost Tigray region.

Catholic Bishops in Ethiopia pray for an end to violence in the Horn of Africa nation. / Ethiopia Catholic Secretariat/Facebook Page.

Resolve “differences amicably, in spirit of respect, trust”: Bishops in Ethiopia

Following tensions between Ethiopia’s Federal government and the leadership of Tigray Regional State, Catholic Bishops in the Horn of Africa nation have appealed to both parties to resolve their differences amicably, in a spirit of mutual “respect and trust.”

Aid to the Church in Need (ACN).

Catholic Aid Agency Highlights Comboni Missionary Sisters’ Apostolate in Ethiopia

The apostolate of the members of the Religious Institute of Comboni Missionary Sisters among the indigenous in Ethiopia has been highlighted in a report, which Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) International published Friday, October 23.

Logo International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the World Bank. /

Catholic Leaders in Africa Join Global Calls to Cancel Developing Countries’ Debts

Catholic leaders in Africa have joined the more than 140 other Christian groups’ representatives from across the world who are calling on the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the World Bank to cancel developing nations’ debts amid COVID-19 challenges.

Logo for the 2020 Global Handwashing Day. /

Salesians Highlight Programs Promoting Hand Washing in Africa Ahead of Global Event

Ahead of the Global Handwashing Day (GHD) set to be marked in the context of COVID-19 on October 15, Salesian Missions, the U.S. development arm of the Religious Institute of the Salesians of Don Bosco (SDB) has highlighted programs promoting good hygiene practices around the globe, including Africa.

Fr. Goesh Abraha in the Documentary “Ethiopia – From every clan” directed by Magdalena Wolnik. / Aid to the Church in Need (ACN).

New Documentary Film Anchored on Ethiopian Priest’s Venture to Evangelize an Exotic Tribe

Renown filmmaker Magdalena Wolnik’s new documentary, which has been selected for the 23rd Religion Today Film Festival is a fascinating story of an Ethiopian Priest who leaves the comfort of his home in the north and swims against the current in his attempt to evangelize an indigenous community in the hostile Southern part of the Horn of Africa.

Bishop Roberto Bergamaschi, the newly appointed Vicar Apostolic of Gambella in Ethiopia. /

Salesian Prelate Appointed Vicar Apostolic of Ethiopia’s Gambella Vicariate

Pope Francis has appointed Bishop Roberto Bergamaschi, a member of the Religious Institute of the Salesians of Don Bosco (SDB), as the Vicar Apostolic of Gambella in the Western part of Ethiopia.

Leaders of the Catholic Church in Ethiopia during a September 17 bilateral meeting with officials of the Federal Immigration Nationality and Vital Events Agency. / Ethiopian Catholic Secretariat/ Facebook

Catholic Leaders in Ethiopia Request Permanent Residence Permits for Foreign Missionaries

The leadership of the Catholic Church in Ethiopia has reached out to the Government requesting for permanent residence permits for foreign missionaries in the country.

Sudanese Prime Minister, Abdalla Hamdok (left) and Abdel al-Hilu (right), the leader of the Sudan People’s Liberation-North rebel group, on September 3 signed a declaration in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa that put an end to decades of Islamic rule in Sudan. /

Sudan’s Separation of Religion from State a New Beginning of Faith Without Fear: Cleric

The decision by Sudan’s transitional government to separate religion from state after three decades of Islamic rule in Sudan marks a new era of faith in the country, a Church official told ACI Africa in an interview.

Ethiopia's Grand Renaissance Dam under construction on the river Nile in Guba Woreda, Benishangul Gumuz Region, Ethiopia. /

Ethiopian Cardinal Appeals for Dialogue Over Controversial Dam Project in New Year Message

On the occasion of the Ethiopian New Year celebration marked Friday, September 11, the head of the Catholic Church in the Horn of Africa nation has appealed for dialogue to address tensions that surround the controversial construction of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) on the Blue Nile.

Eritrean refugees protest conditions in Libyan detention. /

Cleric Highlights Plight of Eritrean Refugees: Rejected, Exploited, Prostituted, Deprived

A Rome-based Eritrean Cleric known for his ministry with refugees and migrants crossing from North Africa to Europe has highlighted the plight of Eritrean refugees in neighboring Ethiopia who, he says, have been rejected and become “victims of exploitation, prostitution and deprivation.”

Ethiopia's Grand Renaissance Dam under construction on the river Nile in Guba Woreda, Benishangul Gumuz Region, Ethiopia. /

Pope Francis Appeals for Dialogue Between Ethiopia, Egypt and Sudan over Nile Dam Project

Pope Francis has expressed his awareness of the conflict over the Nile Dam project, which he follows “with particular attention” and called for dialogue between the three African nations involved.

Berhaneyesus Cardinal Souraphiel, Archbishop of Addis Abeba (Ethiopian), Ethiopia. /

Ethiopian Cardinal Highlights COVID-19 “harmful side effects,” Church’s Intervention

The head of the Catholic Church in Ethiopia, Berhaneyesus Cardinal Souraphiel, has highlighted the “harmful side effects” of COVID-19 in the East African country including the loss of a Catholic Bishop and increased cases of gender-based violence (GBV).

Logo International Cooperation for Development and Solidarity (CIDSE). /

African Bishops Join Worldwide Call to End Abuse by Multinational Corporations

Catholic Bishops from across Africa joined more than 110 Prelates from different parts of the world to appeal for an end to corporate abuse by multinational companies, which they say, has skyrocketed during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Church in Ethiopia, Musicians Collaborate in Campaign against Domestic Violence

The leadership of the Catholic Church in Ethiopia is collaborating with some of the country’s musicians in a campaign dubbed Zim Alilim, which aims at creating awareness about the challenge of domestic violence, which has worsened in recent times because of COVID-19 lockdown.

Late President Pierre Nkurunziza and wife Denise Bucumi Nkurunziza at a national Prayer for Peace in Bujumbura. /

Burundi's Government Calls for “calm, prayers” Following the President’s Death

Government officials in Burundi have asked the citizens of the East African nation “to remain calm” and to pray for the soul of their country’s President, Pierre Nkurunziza who died Monday, June 8 at the age of 55.

Berhaneyesus Cardinal Souraphel, Archbishop of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. /

Amid Stay-at-Home Directive, “something good can still emerge”: Ethiopian Cardinal

The head of the Catholic Church in Ethiopia has encouraged the people of God in the country to turn the challenge of staying at home amid COVID-19 into an opportunity for reflection “on the meaning of life” in the light of the “Word of God.”

Fr. Jorge Mario Crisafulli with Street children at the Don Bosco Fambul in Freetown, Sierra Leone. / Salesian Missions in Africa

Salesian Missions Reviews Service to Street Children in Africa on Their International Day

On the occasion of the International Day for Street Children marked Sunday, April 12, Salesian Missions, the U.S. development arm of the Religious Institute of the Salesians of Don Bosco (SDB), joined other humanitarian and international organizations in reviewing initiatives toward street children around the globe, including Africa.

Fr. Tesfaye Petros Botachew, the Apostolic Administrator of Gambella Vicariate. / Ethiopian Catholic Secretariat

After Ethiopia’s Gambella Bishop Succumbed to COVID-19, Vicariate Gets Administrator

Following the demise of Bishop Angelo Moreschi of Ethiopia’s Gambella Vicariate, the first Catholic Prelate known to have died of COVID-19, an Apostolic Administrator has been appointed for the missionary ecclesiastical territory in the Western part of the country that is dependent upon the Vatican-based Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples.